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Monday Workplace News Round-up

It was 19 degrees Fahrenheit with the wind chill here in Washington, D.C. today. Overall, a good day to sit around, drink coffee and work on a Monday Workplace News Round-up. Hey, these things don't type themselves up!

Home Depot allegedly fires an 80-year-old employee over 24-cents-worth of screws. Now the employees is suing.

A new SHRM study concludes most Americans couldn't explain the new health care law even if they had to.

Facebook and Germany comes to terms on privacy.

Everyone's talking about the Chinese approach to education but Finland's approach deserves attention, too.

Today's U.S. Supreme Court ruling could impact co-workers who date on the job.

Mexico added 850,000 jobs in 2010.

Anybody who is anybody, or even sort of somebody, arrived in Davos today.

Estonian employers have some new rules to follow.

Employees in South Korea must be cold. Freezing cold.

Some applicants are sending employers malware along with their job applications.

Uruguay has a 6.1% unemployment rate and not enough workers to fill all the jobs.

Michigan's unemployment rates drops to the lowest level in two years, but that's because 37,000 state residents have given up looking for work. Well, now that we know Uruguay is hiring...

Start spreading the news, they're leaving today: New York's budget committee approves more than $100 million in employee travel expenses.

Foreign workers in Canada hope to hit a grand slam against Denny's.

Autumn is right around the corner, and scientists based at Antarctica's McMurdo Station are packing up shop.

While up in the Arctic, a Siberian town tries to keep going.

The African chemistry sector is booming, but its scientists need funding and lab equipment.

It's time for a geek humor break, courtesy of XKCD.com.



India's IT sector is expected to add at least 180,000 jobs this year.

A new poll of U.S. employers finds more focus on hiring than firing for the first time in a long time.

Anchorage, Alaska is looking to hire election workers for $9.50 to $12 per hour.

European workers are finding their employment paradise in Key West, Florida.

The Irish economy could use a dose of Irish luck.

Australians are asked what makes a great boss.

More than half of California employers say they plan to hire new employees and increase pay this year. They say California creates the trends, so let's hope this one sweeps the country.

New research finds the Great Recession has hit people in the 45-to-49 age group the hardest.

Former Chipotle employees in Minnesota try to put huevos on the company's face.

Employers are still suspicious of the long-term unemployed.

Employers on Fortune magazine's list of "100 Best Companies To Work For," meanwhile, tend to have one thing in common.

A Quebec newspaper takes the phrase "stop the presses!" to a whole new level.

There's now a Playboy magazine app for the iPad and worried employers are dressing down their company policies.

Companies continue to grapple with employee use of social media.

British Airways pilots could be on strike soon.

U.S. Rep. Darryl Issa (R-CA) wants to see some firings at the Security Exchange Commission.

Does unemployment lead to less recycling? Apparently, yes.

Does the thought of reading your monthly bank statement make you queasy? Yes? Join the club.

It turns out our childhood surnames affect our buying habits. Bueller, Bueller...

Members of Congress are playing musical chairs for the State of the Union address and now all they need is a cake. Costco's All American Chocolate Cake might work.

You just knew this was going to happen.

The first Apple Macintosh went on sale on this day in 1984.

Auckland, New Zealand is more unaffordable than either New York or Los Angeles?

Meanwhile, political parties in New Zealand argue over The Hobbit, unions and who has the ring.

Fitness guru Jack LaLanne, who made exercise and good nutrition cool before their time, passed away yesterday at age 96.

MSNBC show host Keith Olbermann anchored his final Countdown episode on Friday night and abruptly joined the ranks of the under-employed, at least for a little while. This one's for you, Keith.

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